February 17, 2019

           

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

“Today’s gospel might sound perplexing, but it makes perfect sense when placed in this context: We must discern by reference to fidelity to eternal truths, not immediate consequences” (Ed Morse).

“Jesus calls us to look at everything we have and reconsider what we hope for” (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

From Jesus’s point of view, a truly good life is just as available to the poor and oppressed as to the rich and secure.  That is because it has nothing to do with one’s economic status or one’s apparent success, as judged by one’s culture.  Rather, all that is required to flourish as abundantly as a tree planted beside the stream is to sink one’s roots deeply into God (Mary Frohlich, RSCJ; Catholic Theological Union).

Lord Jesus, increase my hunger for you and show me the way that leads to everlasting happiness and peace.  May I desire you above all else and find perfect joy in doing your will (Don Schwager).

“Let Christ always abide in your heart by the fire of his love” (St. Peter Damian).

           

February 17, 2019 bulletin

*Photos: February 19, 2012

February 9, 2019

          

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: First, Fr. Romeo spoke about the bishop’s stewardship appeal before showing the video, which called for us to “reach out to the lost” through the various diocesan programs that provide for the needy and the disenfranchised.  Then Fr. Romeo spoke briefly about today’s readings: “We need to go deeper spiritually to catch men.”  Like Isaiah and Peter we, too, are on a mission to evangelize, to be good examples to others.

Perhaps the question of the day is whether we are willing to allow Jesus to commandeer our boats.  […]  And, in the midst of that, we may be captivated and discover how our small faith and tiny hopes can grow into extraordinary and miraculously realistic expectations (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

May we become fishers of women and men, not in the proselytizing or harsh manner often associated with evangelization.  Instead, like Jesus himself, may we become what Pope Francis calls “missionary disciples” (Evangelii Gaudium 120) who bring others to the joy of the Gospel by attraction and not force, by love and not fear (Rev. Daniel P. Horan, OFM; Catholic Theological Union).

Conversion is not usually as sudden or unexpected as we witness in [today’s gospel].  Take time to look back on your own life and consider how you have grown in your faith life and service of Jesus (Cathy Keller).

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men'” (Luke 5:10).

          

          

          

February 10, 2019

                

February 3, 2019

          

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. Romeo read Bishop Mulvey’s letter addressing Thursday’s release of the names of credibly accused clergy within the diocese.  Then Fr. Romeo spoke about God’s love, following the commandments, and developing one’s conscience.  God won’t abandon us, but we need to do our part.  The message is simple: “God’s gift to us is love; our gift to others is charity.  Pray for both!”

Love is not about being perfect.  It’s about trying our best and asking forgiveness when we fall.  In prayer today, ask Jesus to fill you with the desire and the strength to love with the same love that he has for you.  Try to be quick to love, quick to forgive, and quick to ask forgiveness.  Remember, love always wins (the Word among us, February 1 – March 5, 2019, p. 22).

“If we believe we are called to be reflections of the God who created everyone in the divine image, we will follow Jeremiah and Jesus in lives consecrated to the good of the whole world” (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

“Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety; for you are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3).

          

          

          

          

February 3, 2019

                

January 27, 2019

          

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Today is holy to the Lord your God.  Do not be sad, and do not weep… for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength! (Nehemiah 8:9-10).

The lessons for this Sunday remind us that God is full of surprises and we might not know the ending.  How would we respond to Jesus’s call for justice or Paul’s imagery of the community as all one body?  These stories remind us that every day God keeps promises to each of us, no matter what twists and surprises we encounter (Kris Veldheer; Catholic Theological Union).

“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you” (St. Thomas Aquinas).

January 27, 2019

                

*Photos: January 19, 2014

January 20, 2019

          

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time:

So, there are at least three things going on in the wedding feast at Cana.  Each element of the feast is important; each element has a message for us (Dominic Ryan, OP).

Mary can teach us kindness….  “They have no wine,” she told Jesus at Cana.  Let us, like her, be aware of the needs of the poor, be they spiritual or material and let us, like her, give generously of the love and grace we are granted (St. Teresa of Calcutta).

Today, Mary asks us if we want things to be different, if we are willing to risk the experience of God’s lavish love.  If so, it is time to turn to Jesus and do whatever he tells us.  It is time for great expectations (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

“Perhaps each day in prayer, conscious of the “signs” God works in our lives, we can reflect on how we came to believe in Jesus and how we can continue to grow in this faith in him” (Linda McMahon, SP).

          

January 20, 2019

                

*Photos: Steven M. Lanoux, PhD

January 12, 2019

          

Baptism of the Lord / Christmas / First week in Ordinary Time: Today Fr. Romeo told us that baptism is the regeneration of life through water, the doorway to the spiritual life.

Jesus’s response to his baptism reminds us that the ceremony is but one tiny moment, the meaning of which is determined by how we live it out.  Observing him we realize that baptism does not give us a status but a mission.  To discern that mission, we too must pray and listen to the Scriptures (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

“The Lord was baptized not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters so that [they] might have the power of baptism” (St. Ambrose).

“[Baptism] reveals the equality and dignity of each member of the community, leads us to imitate Christ’s example, makes us disciples to the world and baptism requires us to reject sin and evaluate our values, decisions and lifestyles” (Mary Lee Brock).

          

          

January 13, 2019

                

*Photos: Steven M. Lanoux, PhD

January 6, 2019

           

Epiphany of the Lord / Christmas: Fr. Romeo asked, “Why does spiritual life never take with us?  Why do we fail to look for God’s presence and wisdom?  Why don’t we take time to open our eyes?”  The journey of the Magi is our conversion story, but we must  proactively engage.  “Act, move!”  And remember— be attentive, be courageous, be best.  Expect to be different, too.  And know that the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit are ready to help us through the obstacles and despair along the way.  “Once we meet Jesus Christ, our life is forever changed.”  We’re never the same, which is why the Magi took a different route home.

The star beckoned the three wise men out of their distant country and led them to recognize and adore the king of heaven and earth.  The obedience of the star calls us to imitate its humble service: To be servants, as best we can, of the grace that invites all men to find Christ (St. Leo the Great).

Today, the Magi story combines with our reading from Isaiah to remind us that Emmanuel is still waiting to be discovered in what we might think are the most unlikely places and by the most unlikely people (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

          

          

          

          

January 6, 2019

                

               

*Magi photos: December 31, 2009.